Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell that was published in 1936. This was one of the recommended books for Summer reading when I was going into my Senior year in High School. I started reading it back then and I was probably way too busy enjoying the summer that I don’t remember getting too far. I think I read maybe the first chapter. A couple of months ago I joined a Buddy Read that focuses only on the Classics (check out Rachel’s IG @freefallinreader if you are interested), and I was very excited to read it this time.
Let me start by saying that I am clueless when it comes to reviewing a book and since what I really want to do is share my passion for books with you, I will not tell you much about the plot, about the characters or anything too literary. Instead, I will share my opinion and share a little about myself while I’m at it. If you are ok with that, then keep on reading.
The story takes place in Georgia during the Civil War and what was called the Reconstruction. We read a little about the plantations in the South, slavery, the war of course (the Union didn’t accept the “independence” of the Confederacy so they ended up going to war) and the years after the war that were called the Reconstruction Era and how the South struggled after the defeat.
We follow the life and struggles of Scarlett O’Hara from the time where she was a single young lady living with her parents at Tara, the plantation owned by her family, until several years later when we leave her alone but sure of herself that “tomorrow is another day”. Scarlett is one of a kind. I did not like her very much throughout the book but I also sympathized with her for all that she had to go through. I wished she could’ve stopped loving Ashley and instead realized how much Melanie really meant for her and that Rhett loved her so much. Rhett was also one of a kind but he loved her! Gosh, she was so stubborn and spoiled.
It took me two months to read the book and I’m so happy that we did it that way because it gave me time to really enjoy every part of the book. I fell in love with the characters, I was part of their world and I felt happy, sad, devastated, angry, I felt everything with them. I even fell in love with Rhett! I started saying “I’ll think about it tomorrow when I can stand it; not today but tomorrow”. I also yelled “God’s nightgown” and “Fiddle-dee-dee,” a couple of times and my husband thought I went crazy. No, I wasn’t crazy – I just wanted to say it and I did! Sue me!
In my own rating system, I’ll give this one a 4.5-star rating. I loved it, absolutely! But I don’t think I’ll be reading this book again. It will stay with me for a very very long time and I hope that it stays forever actually but it wasn’t enough to make me want to read it again. If you like reading classics, this is a US Historical Fiction novel that you must read. I can’t say enough about it and I will repeat it: I loved it!
Reading, in general, is something that helps me when I need to disconnect from the real world or when I’m too overwhelmed with everyday life and I can’t stop reading because I feel that it picks me up when I need it and fills me in a way that nothing else can. I go into another world, I travel to a different place when I’m reading so when the time comes to take a break and go back to reality I feel refreshed and recharged. Reading is amazing!
I hope that if you haven’t read this book, that you will consider adding it to your list. If you have, please share your comments and thoughts because I would love to hear them.